Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16256
The Army purchased this helicopter 0868
Total flight hours at this point: 00001943
Date: 02/27/1971 MIA-POW file reference number: 1711
Incident number: 71022720.KIA
Unit: B/7/1 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Recon mission for Armed Recon
While in Operations Area this helicopter was Unknown at UNK feet and UNK knots.
UTM grid coordinates: XD625208
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 02 DOI . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Reference Notes. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: 1711, LNNF, CASRP (Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory
OB SFC MOONEY FRED BNR
P 1LT BABCOCK RONALD LESTER BNR
SYNOPSIS: On February 27, 1971, the Bravo Dutchmasters were airborne over Laos, their pink teams doing low-level scouting in the AO of the ARVN 1st Infantry Division. Lt. Ronald Babcock was flying one of the OH6A Loaches and his door-gunner/observer, Fred Mooney was the scout platoon sergeant. A man in his forties, Mooney was not required to fly, but he volunteered to show the young draftees that old lifers could be as tough as they were. Skimming low over the trees, the Loach was hit by NVA fire, and Babcock radioed that they were going down. The Command and Control ship chased after the descending ship and observed the Loach crash on a dirt road. Mooney and Babcock jumped out and ran across a grassy clearing, whereupon they were cut down by North Vietnamese in the treeline. The C & C ship commander dropped to a ten foot hover and called on the radio that, from their appearance, the two were dead. They were first listed Missing In Action, but status was changed without tangible evidence to Killed/Body Not Recovered in less than a year. Fred Mooney's tour was to be over in May and his plans were to return to Killeen, Texas and continue his life with his wife and four children. Ron Babcock graduated from college with a degree in forestry and was anxious to get home and get on with his career.
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